Those That


1.  Erectile Dysfunction – Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability of a man to have an erection hard enough to have sexual intercourse. It can also be known as impotence. It is not unusual for this to happen to a man on occasion, but frequent ED can be a sign of a bigger medical problem that needs attention. ED can also lead to complications in a man’s life all on its own.


2.  Agoraphobia –  The essential feature of Agoraphobia is anxiety about being in (or anticipating) situations from which escape might be difficult or in which help may not be available in the event of having a Panic Attack (or panic-like symptoms). Oftentimes, when in this situation, an individual may have the vague thought that something dreadful may happen. Such concerns must persist for at least 6 months and occur virtually every time an individual encounters the place or situation (especially those that remind a veteran of battle situations).


Agoraphobic fears typically involve characteristic clusters of situations that include being outside the home alone; being in a crowd or standing in a line;  being on a bridge; and traveling in a bus, train, or automobile.













More specifically, the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 requires that an individual experiences intense fear in response to (or when

anticipating entering) at least 2 of the following 5 situations:


1) using public transportation, such as automobiles, buses, trains, ships, or planes

2) being in open spaces, such as parking lots, marketplaces, or bridges

3) being in enclosed spaces, such as shops, theaters, or cinemas

4) standing in line or being in a crowd

5) being outside of the home alone


A person who experiences agoraphobia avoids such situations (e.g., travel is restricted; the person changes daily routines) or else they are endured with significant distress. For example, people with agoraphobia often require the presence of a companion, such as a family member, partner, or friend, to confront the situation.


3.  Keloids – A scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It is irregularly shaped, usually pink to red in color, tends to enlarge progressively, and may be harder than the surrounding skin. Keloids are a response to trauma, such as a cut to the skin. In creating a normal scar, connective tissue in the skin is repaired by the formation of collagen. Keloids arise when extra collagen forms.













4.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases –  (Especially those contracted in combat areas, i.e., Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia)


5.  Pseudofolliculitis Barbae – a common condition of the beard area occurring in men and other people with curly hair. The problem results when highly curved hairs grow back into the skin causing inflammation and a foreign body reaction. Over time, this can cause scarring which looks like hard bumps of the beard area and neck.


6.  Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is the pain caused by inflammation of the insertion of the plantar fascia on the medial process of the calcaneal tuberosity. The pain may be substantial, resulting in the alteration of daily activities. Various terms have been used to describe plantar fasciitis, including jogger’s heel, tennis heel, policeman’s heel, and even gonorrheal heel. Although a misnomer, this condition is sometimes referred to as heel spurs by the general public. 

Top 10 Overlooked Veteran Disabilities 

Updated:  June 2019